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Japan-Based Nippon Rika Expands In Bennington Township, Ohio

Nippon Rika, Inc., a Japan-based distributor of mica insulation materials for motors and generators, plans to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility at Bennington Industrial Park in Bennington Township, Ohio.

The company’s total investment of $1.93 million will include construction of a new 16,250-square-foot facility, land costs, training, and new materials and equipment. The company will add 20 new jobs in Morrow County, including factory, management and supervisory positions. Hiring will begin when building construction is complete, which is currently planned for the second quarter of 2016.

“The Columbus Region’s strong network of Japanese companies, combined with the area’s growing automotive sector, make it a great fit for Nippon Rika,” said David Jones, Vice President/Operations Director, Nippon Rika, Inc. According to Columbus 2020, announcement is the latest of 48 Japanese-company expansions or new locations in the Columbus Region since 2010. More than 120 Japanese companies operate in the Columbus Region, and Japan is the area’s largest source of foreign direct investment.

“We’re excited that international companies like Nippon Rika recognize the growth potential Morrow County offers,” said Dick Miller, Morrow County Commissioner.

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